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Associated Press, Published October 16 2012

Minneapolis school district takes state to court over charter schools

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis school district wants the state to pay $960,000 in rent for two charter schools.

The dispute involves lease aid, money that the state Department of Education pays on behalf of charter schools to rent buildings.

Minneapolis Public Schools wants the Minnesota Court of Appeals to force the state to continue paying lease aid.

The Star Tribune reports the state claims it doesn't have to pay districts if they're both the authorizer and the landlord for a charter school, because of a law designed to prevent conflicts of interest.

The state did pay the lease aid last year for a district-authorized charter in Minneapolis, but it now says that was a mistake.

The district cited a law encouraging collaboration between charter schools and school districts.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.